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9 Ingredients You're Missing Out On Using Real Skincare

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When I was growing up, the word “real” meant factory-made.

Not too long ago, the meaning for "real" changed. Now when you say "real" you mean close to nature, tangible, intimate. As in real food, real life, real friends. Real is human-scale. But do you wonder if those companies manufacturing thousands, tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands?) containers of moisturizers at a time – if they're onto something? We've spent our money on these. We've both chosen their products and taken them home. We've spread them on our faces and bodies. These companies have managed to gain a lot of popularity. There must be a reason? If it's been a while since you've given them your support, do you think you’ve been rash? What are you missing out on when you buy a handmade product? What if there’s really important stuff in mass-produced skincare?

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Available on a worldwide scale, each big-name brand-name does more sales in a single day than I do in an entire year. Wildly successful. I decided to do a little investigating, to dig in deeper in what they include in their skincare products. Because, you know, years ago I was fired for consulting a product ingredients manual, and then sharing the info with customers. This was a natural foods store in the early 90s. And my employer supplied the ingredients manual. And that was the moment I realized there was barely a bottle on the shelf I wanted to take home. You might suspect there've been changes since then. But have there really? I've done the research for you. Let's find out the results! 30 years later, your "real" cream is still lacking.

I'm afraid you're missing out when you use Slow Botanicals. I break it down for you here and I hope you won’t feel let down 😉

9 Ingredients You're Missing Out On Using Real Skincare:

1. Octinoxate. What’s it do? Offers protection from damaging effects of sun through its actions as a UV filter and UV absorber. The tradeoffs: ⚠️ biochemical and cellular changes ⚠️ developmental and reproductive toxicity ⚠️ endocrine disruption.

2. Triethanolamine. What’s it do? Cleans your skin and adjusts ph of the product. And there’s more: ⚠️ often contaminated with dangerous substances ⚠️ immunotoxin ⚠️ associated with allergic reactions

3. BHT. What’s it do? An antioxidant that doubles as a fragrance ingredient. It’s capable of more: ⚠️ cancer risk ⚠️ skin, eye, lung irritant ⚠️ organ system toxicity

4. Dimethicone. What’s it do? This is a skin conditioner. As well, it prevents your skin cream from foaming. And more: ⚠️ moderate organ toxicity (but not your reproductive organs. Phew.) ⚠️ persistence and bioaccumulation (Persistence and bioaccumulation means “a class of chemicals that resist degradation and persist in the environment for extensive periods.”)

5. FD&C Yellow. What’s it do? Dye your skincare products so they're more appealing to your senses. You know, make you want them more. Added benefits: if you have asthma, or you’re allergic to aspirin, then you can suffer “allergic-like reactions” such as: ⚠️ hives ⚠️ welts ⚠️ eczema ⚠️asthma ⚠️hyperactive behavior Pretty illuminating to know the pretty color of your skin cream -that you're using for the sake of better skin -can give you hives, welts and eczema.

6. Phenoxyethanol. What’s it do? Both a fragrance ingredient and preservative. Apparently a good multitasker because it’s able to do even more: ⚠️ non-reproductive organ toxicity ⚠️ irritation to your skin, eyes or lungs

7. Polyacrylamide. What’s it do? Lots! It’s a product binder, fixative and it’s anti-static. More functions include: ⚠️ known to be contaminated by other toxic ingredients ⚠️ non-reproductive organ toxicity ⚠️ persistence and bioaccumulation

8. Peg-80 Sorbitan Laurate. What’s it do? Fragrance ingredient and cleaning agent. And more: ⚠️immunotoxicity ⚠️allergic reactions

9. Propylparaben. What’s it do? Fragrance ingredient and preservative. Further capabilities: ⚠️developmental and reproductive toxicity ⚠️endocrine disruption ⚠️allergic reactions and immunotoxicity

These ingredients are all found frequently in the big players in the skincare industry. The expensive ones. The cheap ones. Repeatedly, you tell me you're afraid to look at what’s in your skin cream, especially if it’s the only one that’s never made your skin sting. I get it.

Ignorance is bliss. I did a stint, too. When I wasn't making all my own skincare. If you can't do anything about it, you feel forced to turn off. Otherwise, you're going to go crazy.

You know the serenity prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can..." Sometimes there's no available solution.

So, I used these products, too. Then I created a solution. The hype of the marketing is effective! Who doesn’t want brighter, softer, younger-looking skin? I do. But not at all costs. My solution was to make a real, healthy, minimal-ingredient line of products that follow through on the hyped up promises I was sold on.

I want to provide you with a couple of solutions, too. I've created a free download for you that you can refer to when you're out in the world shopping: 18 Common Skincare Ingredients to Avoid When You're Shopping

If you want to try out what I use, here’s a coupon download 15% off Slow Botanicals 1 ounce size skin creams. This coupon is good until November 24th.

I know you're busy living your "real" life! I want to make it easy for you to good care of yourself. Wishing you all the best, Chwynyn

Glass jar of slow botanicals 1 ounce best and bright eye cream in a glass jar and a dried wild rose flower


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